Useful Yoga Links
I get a lot of requests to share links but most of them overlap with others and I want to keep it related to yoga and local but here are a few yoga-related links you may find handy.
Follow or visit yogainhornsby on facebook if you want to have a look at yoga related posts that might interest you or receive any updates or additional posts now and again. I'm not proactive onine so this will be VERY, very occasional!
www.stretchnow.com.au - where I source many of my props such as bolsters etc
https://feeds.captivate.fm/light-on-yoga-and-meditation/ - Big Shakti online courses are fab
Retreats near Sydney:
Swamis Yoga Retreat, Kenthurst.
I've heard good feedback on the above but would like to try Swami's yoga retreat in Kenthurst. Let me know if you have been to any that you'd recommend. Billabong is pricey but a nice supportive and nurturing place to go to relax or process. The vegetarian food is delicious.
New Zealand - www.anahata-retreat.org.nz
Tasmania - www.shyam.net.au
Victoria - www.yogavic.org.au (a more traditional/authentic/basic ashram type retreat)
LATEST LINK - SUPPORT OUR FELLOW YOGI MUSICIAN AND SUPPORT PARKINSONS NSW who get 50% of the proceeds of his latest album released 31 Jan. Email him on email@example.com or go to bandcamp. We have so much local talent. He has more albums coming out soon. I will keep you posted.
Great podcasts: Dharma Seed, Tara Brach, Petrea King, Jack Kornfield, Yoga Talks,
Great apps: Sattwa, Headspace (both of these I have heard have some mindfulness meditations, relaxations, music, etc that I have heard are good. Gaia has daily practices you can do from home too, Yoga Studio, Daily Yoga, Yoga Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners
Books: Patanjali's sutras (many translations to choose from), Autobiography of a Yogi by Parammahanoa Yogananda, Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, Buddhism for mothers by Sarah Napthali, 5 languages of love by Chapman, A lamp in the darkness by Jack Kornfield is helpful with grief, Yoga with Attitude complied by Swami Vimalratna, Four Chapters on Freedom & Sure Ways to Self-Realization by Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Quotes and poems including Rumi, Lao-Tzu, Patanjali, Gandhi, Buddha, Sai Baba, William Blake. Books or audios on archetypes etc by Carolyne Myss, Louise Hay, I love all the Satyananda books though they may be a bit heavy unless you are a jnana yogi or a teacher - just ask if there's something specific you are interested in. Philosophers like Yung provide great insights and even something light, fictional and fun like the Dalai Lama's cat and the sequels to this are really enjoyable I think & you'll notice provide little insights much like our yogic ones!
This helps you to see if your healthfund covers yoga but this is only until May 2019. Hopefully this will come back atleast for yoga therapy. My provider number covers remedial massage and I understand some health funds cover deep tissue and Swedish massage.
The tools yoga has to offer for ANY negative response to stress, are AMAZING. We learn to access the witness mind (observer mind rather than unconsciously 'reacting'. We actually have a way to rewire our brain and create positive habits. It does take effort though and a deep resolve to change. Yoga can help overcome negative behavioral habits from relationship dynamics (which is most of us and a biggie) to drug and alcohol addiction which is more common that you'd think. I have been asked to share this link for it's great resources useful for anyone suffering from addiction. Yoga includes some useful meditative techniques that help retrain our minds/rewire the brain, helping to change habitual patterns/cycles by using awareness and attitude of the Witness and opposites and presence of mind. I offer practices which help you to do this. A few private sessions can be useful if you want to learn some tools and know how to do this yourself although I do occasionally use certain tools in the general classes too as they benefit us all particuarly when related to stress and anxiety etc. The link above has some interesting information about how yoga has been found to be helpful with managing addictive behavior which applies to any habit we want to break. We use yoga and mindfulness and meditative practices to change negative behavior and habits into positive. It's so exciting that we have the power to mould our brain.
My favourite yoga teachers who have inspired me :)
Jayne Stevenson and Dr Swami Shankardev - Big Shakti - 2003-current
Swami Deva Maya - beautiful go to teacher whilst student at Ashram from 2003-2010
AtmaRatna - my local yoga teacher while studying - 2003-2010
Anne Sharpen - my Hatha yoga teacher (Tibetan Aranya order) - 2006-2010
Sal Flynn, Annette Loudon, Kaye Tribe - Yoga Therapy Mentors
Recommendations of local artists:
A very talented local musician is generously donating half his sales from his latest album released in Feb 2023 to Parkinsons NSW. A wonderful gift to yourself or a friend whilst supporting a good cause and fellow student / local musician at the same time:
Marty Cobcroft to fundraise for Parkinson’s NSW | Parkinsons NSW
Soundbaths - ask if interested as I can invite people to our studio to play for us. There are 2 planned for later in the term (T4 2023). So be quick to get a spot and if you miss out, let me know and I will make sure you get the link before everyone else that got lucky last time so you don't miss out again and we can always invite them back again :) so no worries, if you don't at first succeed.